Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dennis Kucinich proposes ban on guns except for government

Straight from the Congressional record, the latest from Dennis the Menace.

A THREE-POINT PLAN FOR RESCUING THE NATION FROM VIOLENCE -- (House of Representatives - April 17, 2007)

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--- (Mr. KUCINICH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, in the aftermath of the tragedy at Blacksburg, Virginia, it is becoming painfully obvious that the easy availability of handguns constitutes a growing national crisis of public health and safety, one that calls for a powerful, wide-ranging response from this Congress.

I am urging Members to support H.R. 676, the Conyers-Kucinich bill, which establishes a universal, not-for-profit health care system, which provides full and comprehensive mental health care.

Second, support H.R. 808, a bill establishing a Department of Peace and Nonviolence, which directly addresses the issues of domestic violence, gang violence, and violence in the schools which is reflected in our current homicide rates.

And third, the 33 deaths at Blacksburg constitute a national tragedy. So, too, does the fact that an average of 32 people each and every day in the United States perish in handgun-related incidents. Accordingly, I am drafting a bill to ban the purchase, sale, transfer or possession of handguns by civilians. A gun buy-back provision will be provided in the bill.

It's time for us to rescue this Nation from the violence which is engulfing it, and I have just articulated a three-point plan to do so.

Heads up.


keithr said...

It is so sad to see Democrats jumping on this tragedy for political gain while so many people are suffering through a difficult mourning process. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves, as should NBC for showing that horrific video.

keithr said...

We need to look at the facts in this case when looking for solutions.

The shooter in this case was a certified psycopathic maniac. He was taking medication for depression. He wrote creative stories about committing gruesome violence, which so disturbed his professor that she reported him to the police. Two different women had reported him to the police for stalking. He had spent time in a mental hospital for depression, and people that knew him joked that he was a potential mass murderer.

Any number of these concerns were sufficient under existing laws to disqualify him from buying a gun. But none of this came up when the FBI background check was done.

The investigation should focus on why none of this information was available to police and what can be done in the future to make mental illness records available to police for background checks. Nobody, not even *** evil *** gun owners, wants to see nuts like this buy guns.

It is worth noting that none of the nonsense being thrown around by politicians and media would have made any difference. Waiting period? He purchased his first gun over a month before the crime. Ban gun shows? He bought the guns at a gun shop, not a gun show. Ban assault rifles? He did not use one. High capacity clips? Any competent person can change clips almost as fast as he can shoot. Ban handguns? Truth be told, we should be glad he did not use a sawed off shotgun as it is THE most dangerous weapon at close quarters (This is why sawed off shotguns are illegal!!!). Ban guns? We should not forget that pipe bombs have been used for these kinds of crimes, and that the Oklahoma City bombing was done with a "homemade" bomb.

And let's not forget banning guns from campus. Wait . . .guns were ALREADY banned from campus . . . but for some reason this criminal didn't obey the rules. But this rule DID make sure that nobody being attacked had a legitimate weapon which could be used to fight back.

w00ters said...

When will people learn that they have to take personal responsibility for their own safety. And shame on this dimwit for proposing to remove Americans' means for self defense.